Why we now eat family-style
- Use scoops to help little children serve themselves.
- Ask children "Are you full?" instead of "Are you done?"
- If a child wants to skip a meal, let the child skip it. (It's frustrating, but children do not starve themselves.)
- Refrain from saying "Just take two more bites."
I'm not saying that the transition from pre-plated to serve yourself was easy. It hasn't been: Sometimes it is messy and we still have discussions about not wasting food. But, overall, it has made dinner more pleasant. And that is the goal, right?
How about you? Do you eat pre-plated or family-style? Would you consider making the switch? Tell me at Sorry, Mom. I didn't listen.